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Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

7-night coastal Washington and San Juan Islands cruise


ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise Seattle’s picturesque waterfront
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiff exploration in glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago
  • Hiking in Olympic National Park, Mt. Constitution, and Washington State Parks
  • Unhurried time for watching whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
  • Explore scenic winding channels, temperate rainforest, and old growth forest
  • Uncover Native cultures of the Pacific Northwest
  • Time on your own for exploring quaint Friday Harbor and Orcas Island
  • Hand-crafted cuisine including an oyster and clam tasting hosted by local growers

Join these Theme Departures:


Beer Theme
Craft Beer 2015: April 25 with Robyn Schumacher
2015: October 3 with Nate and Becca Schons
2016: April 30
Birding
Birding 2015: May 2 with Ken Wilson


   ADVENTURE SAVINGS!

  • Save $100 per couple on September - November 2014 and all 2015 departures! Book by September 30, 2014.

 

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

Cruise

Day
01

Seattle, Washington – Embarkation
Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay.

Day
02

South Hood Canal
Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. You’ll be hiking in the Olympics today, surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. A local family joins you onboard for a tasting of their home-grown oysters and clams.

Day
03

Port Townsend
Make it an ideal morn, by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub or a paddle along shore at Marrowstone Island, or both! Learn the history of Puget Sound’s “Triangle of Fire” this afternoon before docking in historic Port Townsend—with its wonderful art and pub scene. Here’s your chance to go for a run, explore this charming town, and shop like a wingnut.

Day
04

Salish Sea / Deception Pass
The timing for today all depends on tides and currents, but the morning has you underway for bird and whale watching, possibly around Protection Island—a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge and nesting site for tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets. Cap off the day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass.

Day
05

Lopez Island / Friday Harbor
Today lands you in one of the most scenic areas of the San Juan Islands. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals, and it is orca whale territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Later you’ll have time on your own to explore the intriguing whale museum, art galleries, and boutiques of charming Friday Harbor.

Day
06

Orcas Island
Your Captain navigates through the islands this morning to your basecamp at Orcas Island—for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and it provides a stunning view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs too.

Day
07

Sucia Island
For your final treat, enjoy the day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your expedition team, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore. This evening, wrap it up with a slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.

Day
08

Seattle – Disembark
After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport or to your Un-Cruise overnight hotel stay.



Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Rates & Dates

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

 

Roundtrip Seattle (SEA-SEA)


Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Select cabins are available for single occupancy at a 150% supplement; all other staterooms (except Single) are available at 175% of double occupancy rate (refer to deckplan). Triple rates are available in designated cabins (refer to deck plan); inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 60 guests.


Beer Theme
- Craft Beer
Birding
- Birding

2014
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
NAV
TRB
PAT
CHARTER
FEES
Apr 5
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$114,895
$150
Apr 12
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$114,895
$150
Apr 19
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$114,895
$150
Apr 26
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,895
$2,395
$2,595
$135,295
$150
May 3
Beer Theme
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,895
$2,395
$2,595
$135,295
$150
Sept 13
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,895
$2,395
$2,595
$135,295
$150
Sept 20
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,895
$2,395
$2,595
$135,295
$150
Sept 27
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,895
$2,395
$2,595
$135,295
$150
Oct 4
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,895
$2,395
$2,595
$135,295
$150
Oct 11
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$114,895
$150
Oct 18
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$114,895
$150
Oct 25
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$114,895
$150
Nov 1
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,595
$2,045
$2,195
$114,895
$150
2015
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
NAV
TRB
PAT
CHARTER
FEES
Apr 18
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
Apr 25
Beer Theme
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,995
$2,495
$2,695
$141,295
$150
May 2
Birding
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,995
$2,495
$2,695
$141,295
$150
Sep 26
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,995
$2,495
$2,695
$141,295
$150
Oct 3
Beer Theme
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,995
$2,495
$2,695
$141,295
$150
Oct 10
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
Oct 17
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
Oct 24
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
Oct 31
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
Nov 7
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
Nov 14
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
Nov 21
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,695
$2,145
$2,295
$120,895
$150
2016
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
NAV
TRB
PAT
CHARTER
FEES
Apr 2
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,795
$2,245
$2,395
$126,895
$150
Apr 9
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,795
$2,245
$2,395
$126,895
$150
Apr 16
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$1,795
$2,245
$2,395
$126,895
$150
Apr 23
 
WA
SEA-SEA
$2,095
$2,595
$2,795
$147,295
$150
Apr 30
Beer Theme
WA
SEA-SEA
$2,095
$2,595
$2,795
$147,295
$150

FARES INCLUDE - All onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment; wellness program; hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats


FEES: Port fees and taxes are additional, per person, and should be added to cruise fare unless indicated as included (incl).

Ports & Places

Deception Pass

Deception Pass is known for its extremely diverse ecosystem, vibrant history, and iconic bridge. Discovered by Joseph Whidbey in 1792, he named this waterway Deception Pass because it misled him into thinking Whidbey Island was actually a peninsula. Today, Deception Pass State Park welcomes over two million visitors each year. > Read More

Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington

Friday Harbor is located on the eastern side of San Juan Island, the second largest island in the San Juan Islands group. It fronts a natural, protected harbor and is now one of the main commercial centers for the islands.> Read More

Lopez Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

Lopez Island is the third largest of the San Juan Islands and covers 29.8 square miles. Originally named Chauncey Island, after the American naval commander Isaac Chauncey, it was renamed in 1847 by Henry Kellet for Gonzalo Lopez de Haro, an officer of the1791 Spanish expedition.  Lopez Island is home to about 2,300 year-round residents and is the flattest of the San Juan Islands.> Read More

Olympic National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula is a kaleidoscope of greens, blues, and browns in every hue that stretch from the pounding Pacific Ocean across dramatic, rugged mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the north and Hood Canal to the east. Formed by subduction of the Juan de Fuca plate, the Olympic Mountains are the rugged centerpiece of this remote area that encompasses over 366,000 acres of majestic old-growth forest. First designated a national monument in 1909 by Theodore Roosevelt, it became a national park in 1938 by Franklin Roosevelt.> Read More

Orcas Island

Shaped like a pair of saddle bags, Orcas Island is home to around 5,000 people. It's also home to the one of the largest state parks in Washington State and the largest on the San Juan Islands—Moran State Park—which includes over 5,200 acres of forest and 30 miles of hiking trails. Moran boasts the highest point in the archipelago at 2,400’, Mt. Constitution—named after the USS Constitution by Charles Wilkes during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842.> Read More

Port Townsend, Washington

Beautifully located on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, this town was originally named "Port Townshend" by Captain George Vancouver for his friend the Marquis of Townshend in 1792. Port Townsend was officially settled in 1851 with dreams that it would become the largest harbor on the west coast. > Read More

Quilcene Bay

Located on the Olympic Peninsula’s Hood Canal in Washington State, Quilcene Bay is named for the Quilcene, or “salt-water people,” who were part of the Twana Coast Salish who once inhabited this area. An ideal place for water-based activities and is known around the world for its oysters. Nestled on the edge of the Olympic National Forest, Quilcene Bay offers breathtaking views, and a wealth of wildlife.

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Salish Sea

Located between the south-western tip of British Columbia, and the north-western tip of Washington State, the Salish Sea is made up of the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Puget Sound. This intricate network of waterways is protected from Pacific Ocean storms by Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula.

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San Juan Islands, Washington

Formed by tectonic activity, glacial sculpting, and the forces of erosion, approximately 450 islands dot the Salish Sea between southeastern Vancouver Island and northern Washington. Accessible only by air and sea, the views are astounding—on a clear day, you can turn in a circle and see the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Vancouver Island.> Read More

Seattle, Washington

For thousands of years, the coastal First Peoples lived in abundance along the shorelines that now surround Elliott Bay and the city of Seattle. The city is named for Chief Sealth. A respected local elder, Chief Sealth befriended the first non-native settlers, including the Denny party who arrived in 1851.> Read More

South Hood Canal

Despite its name, Hood Canal is not man made, but actually a natural fjord located between the Kitsap Peninsula and Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.> Read More

Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

Sucia Island is located 2.5 miles (4km) north of Orcas Island and is the largest island in an archipelago of ten islands known as the Sucia group. Named by Spanish Captain Francisco de Eliza, in Spanish Sucia means “dirty” or nautically “foul”. This name was given due to the hidden rocks and uncharted reefs that made getting to shore dangerous for early explorers. Today Sucia Island is considered the crown jewel of the San Juan marine park system and is consistently ranked as one to the top boating destinations in the world.

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Extend Your Cruise

HOTEL STOPOVER: Seattle - Marriott Waterfront

The Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington's most popular waterfront district near Pike Place Market making it an ideal place.> Read More

Vessels

Wilderness Adventurer

Refurbished in 2011, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer is the ultimate platform to deliver an Un-Cruise adventure—aboard the vessel and in the water. Loaded with amenities for action and comfort, it's ready to welcome you aboard.

 

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